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Newhailes, Musselburgh

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  • The gardens are a nice area to walk with the dogs even though the people who run the place appear to hate all dog owners which is odd considering the owner who donated the estate was a dog lover. Coul...  more »
  • We enjoyed a nice walk along the paths. There is plenty to see, from the dilapidated stone out buildings to the grand house. There was lots of construction work going on around the stables in January ...  more »
  • The mansion very much needs a coat of paint and its a shame that the Shell Grotto and Tea House are ruins. A great deal of work going on in the walled gardens. Hopefully the cafe will open throughout ...  more »
  • Interesting place, shame you can only visit the house with a very long winded guided tour.
  • Really nice for a day out, worth a tour round the house too
  • Pleasant grounds, and good cafe with very good seating options inside and also outdoor seating in pleasant courtyard. Cafe is "dog friendly" (ie free dog biscuit when you buy yourself a drink) so popular with dog walkers and friendly dogs. Only downside with cafe is that it is counter service and it's a very small counter, so be prepared to wait in queue for a while to get your order in! House looks magnificent from outside, but we didn't go in. National Trust Scotland website will give more detail than I can here.
  • I'm amazed this place only has 4 reviews. Isn't it well known and if not why not? Warm and helpful initial orientation from volunteer guide Tom. Astonishing property, like stepping back in time to the 1700s; accessible only by (good) guided tour (since 2013). Mine was by Norma. The family tour is ~45 mins; the other, thirty minutes longer includes the upstairs and kitchens which are worth seeing for the authentic feeling less evident in more renovated properties. The focus on the interior at Newhailes has been preservation not restoration down to the sofa with its innards spilling on to the floor but it is a fascinating experience. Stunning rococo plasterwork in the entrance by Thomas Clayton in seemingly good condition. See the Newhailes page on Undiscovered Scotland for more on the property. Renovation of the grounds is underway but two years ago the house could apparently not even be seen from the stable block for the undergrowth. Don't go purposely for anything but historical interest for the shell grotto, former tea house and cascades for they are derelict but they must have been magnificent. The grounds host bluebells and woodland flowers in late spring. There are plans for a children's playground and renovation of the flower garden. Big Easter efforts for children: an unusual Cadbury's egg trail with simple grid referencing, bouncy castle, face-painting etc and fun to see the Musselburgh wool bombers had been out in force.
  • Really nice National Trust for Scotland house with good grounds. Not too busy and a nice place to spend time

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